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post #46 of 62
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Originally Posted by Enter Darkness View Post



I wouldn't pay more then $5 for these. I owned a pair and my god they sound like trash. Never again.

 

They are however really durable. Mine lasted 2 years. They only break because i broke them myself. I preferred skullcandy lowriders to these as did i prefer sony mdr v150s.        



Are you serious? Which headphones under $40 do you like? If you really like the Sony v150 and Skullcandy lowriders, then i have no idea what to tell you. I do like the HAS160 better than the Portapro, and almost as much as the Sennheiser PX100.

 

post #47 of 62
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Originally Posted by JK1 View Post



Are you serious? Which headphones under $40 do you like? If you really like the Sony v150 and Skullcandy lowriders, then i have no idea what to tell you. I do like the HAS160 better than the Portapro, and almost as much as the Sennheiser PX100.

 



This is all coming from before i had any credible gear and at the time the sony mdr v150, and skullcandy low riders sounded genuinely better to me.

post #48 of 62

You are entitled to your opinion, however most others will disagree with you about this. The HAS160 isn't the best headphone available, however for the under $40 category and especially in the under $20 category it is quite impressive.

post #49 of 62
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Originally Posted by N7OKN View Post

OK Final answer...  I purchased a mac 5 set after burning in the JVC for 48 hours. I never noticed any difference in the the before and after quality after the break-in. I will use them for the trip then by the time I get home, my new set should be waiting for me. I took the old ford units, held them up to my ears and compared them to the JVC's using the exact same player, settings, song and everything else, and found them to be very superior. As a side note, I didn't notice hardly any depreciation of highs in the mac 5, but I do have some hearing loss because of Meniere's disease, so anything above 10k won't matter to me anyway.


don't forget to let us know how satisfied you are.

 

post #50 of 62

Hi, are the earpieces of the Sportapro exactly the same as the Portapro?  And do they also just snap off easily?  I ask because I have the KSC75 which I modded to the Parts Express headband and it was super easy as everything just snapped off/on.  I like the KSC75 alright but I would like more bass and a warmer overall sound as at times I find the KSC75 a little bright/irritating on highs.  From descriptions it seems the Sportapro/Portapro sound I would like more but I am not sure how much difference there is from KSC75.  I already have extra Parts Express headbands and like them for the lightweight and simplicity so only really need earpieces to attach to them.  Thanks.

post #51 of 62
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Originally Posted by JK1 View Post

You are entitled to your opinion, however most others will disagree with you about this. The HAS160 isn't the best headphone available, however for the under $40 category and especially in the under $20 category it is quite impressive.


I thought I may be the only one to find the HAS160 a terrific value but I see now I am not.  I have tried to better it in the last 6 months or so(still new to this) but still have not.  I have tried the Audio-Technica ATH-AD700, Koss UR-40, MEE HT-21, & JVC HAS600 and all were returned as I found I liked the HAS160 better straight up than all of them.  I know especially for the AD700 that may seem hard to believe and I was surprised too as I had read so many great reviews and figured I would love them.  But they just were not for me in both sound and fit.  So I really think the HAS160 is a great value for under $15 for those that want to give it a try.  I am still trying to improve upon it though as I would like more detail especially and may try the Sony MDR-V6 next.  Thanks. 

 

post #52 of 62

Since you like the HAS160, you will also probably like the JVC HAS650. A number of reviews I read about it say that it is the natural upgrade from the HAS160. Many other JVC headphones and earphones such as the HAS600, HAS4x, Air Cushion, Marshmallow, etc. have boosted bass. I haven't personally heard the JVC HAS650 yet. I do have the HAS600 and like it even though it is very bassy. When I don't want all the bass, I set the equilizer on my mp3 player to cut the bass substantially, and to boost the midrange and highs. Sometimes all the bass is fun. The HAS600 is my only extra bass headphone. Since you like the neutrality of the HAS160, you will probably love the Sony V6. I have had mine for 23 years. If you want more midrange detail than the V6, the next step up is the Sony V900HD (aka 7509HD).  

 

I think most who dislike the HAS160 haven't given it proper burn in. The JVC headphones right out of the box don't sound so great, and need plenty of burn in to sound good.


Edited by JK1 - 1/3/12 at 10:35am
post #53 of 62
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Originally Posted by roark37 View Post

Hi, are the earpieces of the Sportapro exactly the same as the Portapro?  And do they also just snap off easily?  I ask because I have the KSC75 which I modded to the Parts Express headband and it was super easy as everything just snapped off/on.  I like the KSC75 alright but I would like more bass and a warmer overall sound as at times I find the KSC75 a little bright/irritating on highs.  From descriptions it seems the Sportapro/Portapro sound I would like more but I am not sure how much difference there is from KSC75.  I already have extra Parts Express headbands and like them for the lightweight and simplicity so only really need earpieces to attach to them.  Thanks.


I believe they may be exactly the same, or at least very close.  I seem to have misplaced my Sportapro so I can't verify it for sure. The Portapro and Sportapro driver enclosures will clip on the KSC75 hooks, however I just tried to put the KSC75 driver enclosures on the Portapro headband and that didn't work. Weird. The tab on the KSC75 is just slightly thicker than on the Portapro. If I find my Sportapro, I will try to put the KSC75 driver enclosures on its headband.

 

If you prefer warm sound, you will probably like the Sennheiser PX100-ii(and especially the original PX100). I like the PX100 sound much better than the Portapro and Sportapro.

 


 

 

post #54 of 62
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Originally Posted by JK1 View Post

Since you like the HAS160, you will also probably like the JVC HAS650. A number of reviews I read about it say that it is the natural upgrade from the HAS160. Many other JVC headphones and earphones such as the HAS600, HAS4x, Air Cushion, Marshmallow, etc. have boosted bass. I haven't personally heard the JVC HAS650 yet. I do have the HAS600 and like it even though it is very bassy. When I don't want all the bass, I set the equilizer on my mp3 player to cut the bass substantially, and to boost the midrange and highs. Sometimes all the bass is fun. The HAS600 is my only extra bass headphone. Since you like the neutrality of the HAS160, you will probably love the Sony V6. I have had mine for 23 years. If you want more midrange detail than the V6, the next step up is the Sony V900HD (aka 7509HD).  

 

I think most who dislike the HAS160 haven't given it proper burn in. The JVC headphones right out of the box don't sound so great, and need plenty of burn in to sound good.

 

Thanks for comments and advice and also about the Sportapro/Portapro.  I may look into the HAS650 you mention but I did try the HAS600 but had to return it as I found it way too firm with the clamping so for me very uncomfortable.  I have read that the MDR-V6 besides sounding good is considered to also be very comfortable.  Thanks.
 

 

post #55 of 62

The discomfort from the Sony V6 arises when your ears sweat with extended use and begin to stick to the plastic pads. My ears sometimes get very hot with that. With the Beyerdynamic velour earpads, ears overheating is much less of a problem, and they don't stick to the pads. Yes, it does cut down on isolation a bit.

 

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/313962-REG/Beyerdynamic_942704_Padded_Earcushions_for_DT250_DT280.html


Edited by JK1 - 1/8/12 at 7:44pm
post #56 of 62

I found my Sportapro. The KSC75 driver enclosures snapped right onto it headband. I took the driver enclosures from my Portapro and snapped them on the KSC75 hooks. So now I have an improved version of the KSC35, and a not so ugly looking KTXpro1 equivalent. It is weird that the Portapro headband won't take the KSC75 enclosures, but otherwise the pars seem to be interchangeable. The Portapro had too much bass with the headband, but seems nice with the earhooks, which without the pressure of the headband gives less bass. The KSC75 had too little bass, however with the headband the bass is much better.

post #57 of 62
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Originally Posted by roark37 View Post

 

Thanks for comments and advice and also about the Sportapro/Portapro.  I may look into the HAS650 you mention but I did try the HAS600 but had to return it as I found it way too firm with the clamping so for me very uncomfortable.  I have read that the MDR-V6 besides sounding good is considered to also be very comfortable.  Thanks.
 

 


You can bend the headband on any headphone with a metal headband to decrease the clamping pressure. One suggested method to try first is to put the headphone on a box overnight to loosen the headband. If that isn't enough, then it can be bent. As for the HAS650, I bought it today. It sounds very close to the HAS600 but is much more compact.

The bass does seem a bit tighter though, and the sound a bit warmer. Overall both are warm with recessed highs. When i first put on the HAS650, I was reminded of the PX100, so I took out my PX100 to compare the two, and the sound is rather close on the two. Then I took out my HAS600 and compared it to the HAS650. The HAS650 is much more compact, however the HAS600 folds while the HAS650 doesn't fold.

 

post #58 of 62

i guess the OP was satisfied since he hasn't come back to complain or ask for better suggestions.

post #59 of 62

I think he said he was taking a trip and would decide whether to return the  JVC HAS160 when he got back. I guess he probably is happy with the HAS160 sound after burn in. Right out of the box it isn't great, but after a while it gets broken in. I do like the PX100 a bit better than the HAS160, however the PX100 is much more expensive. The JVC HAS650 is cheaper than the PX100II, and I prefer its sound quality.


Edited by JK1 - 1/15/12 at 1:06pm
post #60 of 62

He also said he found the Mac5, which is Koss' original headphone rebranded as his Fords.  And, I directed him to an eBay sale for two of the Fords he was originally looking for.  He put in his bid and won.

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